2012 Shorty #Hero Awards: Vote for Ric O’Barry

Show ‘The Cove’ star some love in 140 characters or less.

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2012 Shorty #Hero Awards: Vote for Ric O’Barry
In December, Ric O'Barry lit up the Empire State Building in red, to symbolically represent and raise awareness about the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. (Photo: Getty / Ilya S. Savenok)

The world’s preeminent dolphin activist. The cetacean savior. The Flipper trainer turned anti-marine-mammal captivity advocate.

These are just some of terms used to describe Ric O’Barry, star of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.

Come this spring, another descriptor could be buoying O’Barry’s already impressive resume: Shorty Award winner.

O’Barry has been nominated for a Shorty Hero Award, and SaveJapanDolphins is asking for your help to ensure he crosses the finish line.

Throughout dozens of featured categories, The Shorty Awards recognize the best of social media, honoring the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and the rest of the social Web.

The nomination period runs through February 17, 2012 on Twitter and ShortyAwards.com. The awards will be handed out in a New York City ceremony this spring.

But back to O’Barry. Here are the four ridiculously easy steps you need to take to vote for him:

1) Click here to reach Ric’s page on the Shorty Awards site.

2) Finish this phrase: “I nominate @RichardOBarry for a Shorty Award in #hero because…”

3) Tweet it.

4) Encourage your friends to do the same.

Stumped? Don’t know what to write? Need a kickstart to generate your tweet? Check out this sampling of tweets already submitted on O’Barry’s behalf.